1British A stuffed or inflated ball suspended or mounted on a stand, used for punching as exercise or training, especially by boxers.
- He is a past master of the photo-opportunity who, as a Scottish Office minister, wowed inmates at Saughton Prison with his boxing skills by laying into a punchball.
- Despite the lack of a swimming pool on board the ship to Canada, King kept fit by using a boxer's punchball - the method Allan Wells pioneered for track sprinters over 40 years later.
2 [mass noun] US A team ball game in which a rubber ball is punched or headed.
- I come from the part of Brooklyn, N.Y., where girls played punchball or handball, unless they were fortunate enough to have someone pay for their tennis lessons.
- Punchball is a sport similar to baseball but without a pitcher, catcher, or bat.
- Punchball should be declared an Olympic event.
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